Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Ground Ideas of Airport

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Ground Ideas of Airport

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IT'S a pitiful sight watching the five leaders of the Tees Valley local authorities and the mayor scrapping over whether or not to feed the corpse of Durham Tees Valley Airport (DTVA) with PS500,000 of public money.

It's not going to make any difference. The airport is finished; has been for a number of years.

Yet, each in their way cling on to this vanity project in the belief that it can be resuscitated. It cannot. Just let Peel get on with the job of building houses and shops and putting the land to better use. Focus on the really important transport issues.

Locally that means buses, and regionally, road and rail links (with the exception of HS2, an even greater vanity project) that strengthen our trading relationship with the North-west and the rest of the North-east.

Leeds-Bradford's passenger numbers - without resorting to puns - are soaring away with more than four million customers and Newcastle has once again hit more than one million. …

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